At first glance this story and Melo’s comments would alarm every and any Knicks fan in the known universe, but if you dig deep into this topic we can all see that Melo enjoys the spotlight as much as he enjoys the money. Let’s be honest people, the money will be the greatest amount if Melo re-signs and stays with the Knicks for the maximum allowed under CBA rules. This amount will be 1 more year than anyone else can offer. So the idea that Melo will “flee the coop” and run to LA or Miami chasing rings is just plain and simple…not gonna happen.
Via Ian Begley
Anthony, as you know, will have the opportunity to experience the open market this summer.
He can opt out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks and test free agency.
Economically, it would make sense for Anthony to opt out and stay in New York. If he signs a max contract this summer, he can earn $33 million more with the Knicks than he could from another team.
“I want to be a free agent. I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It’s like you have an evaluation period, you know. It’s like if I’m in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience.
”– Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony
Why does he want to test free agency then? Every player wants to be wanted. We all do, so let’s not read into this too much. However, I can say allowing Melo to test free agency waters and by not having him signed sealed and delivered back into a Knicks uniform before July 1st 2014 is a quagmire for the New York Knicks. It is Carmelo Anthony’s right to test the waters, see if it’s warm and take a quick swim if he wants to, hoping that he heads back NY in the end.
Come February when players are available for extensions, the NY Knicks must pursue Melo and get him to sign an extension mid-season and avoid all the drama that will be present in the summer of 2014. I certainly understand Melo wants to know the direction of the franchise, and might decline an extension mid-season, allowing him to opt out in the summer to re-evaluate the situation. Even if that happens I think it is just a matter of time before Melo re-signs back into a Knicks uniform, so step back off the ledge #Knicksnation.